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Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Our Mission:

To generate interest, even passion, in the magnificent native plants

of the Pacific Northwest through information and illustration.


Jennifer Rehm

Author, webmaster, native plant lover

Keeping alive the vision of Wallace W. Hansen Ė a dedicated grower, aficionado and passionate lover of Northwest Native Plants.


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News from the Wild Garden

July is hot upon us--clear blue skies and fluffy white clouds by day, stars twinkling brightly by night as we stand in moonlight, awed by the immensity of the heavens.

Are there other planets with other civilizations out there somewhere? 'Tis a question long asked, seldom answered.

The Oregon Wildflowers Digest for the week ending 7/4/2014 is focused on Silver Star Mountain in Washington, a part of the Cascade Range. The report is by Greg Lief, and he includes photographs along with lists of native plants blooming.

This week, Greg found these shrubs and perennials in bloom along Ed's Trail Loop:

Inside-Out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra), Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica), Western columbine (Aquilegia formosa), Indian paintbrush (Castilleja miniata), Mountain golden-pea (Thermopsis montana), Long-beaked hawkweed (Hieracium 

longiberbe), Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana), Oregon sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum), Cascade aster (Aster ledophyllus), some penstemon's, Nuttall's larkspur (Delphinium nuttallii), Rosy spiraea (Spiraea splendens), Sitka valerian (Valeriana sitchensis), Oregon iris (Iris tenax), Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), Mountain Wallflower (Erysimum arenicola), Subalpine mariposa lily (Calochortus subalpinus), Spreading phlox (Phlox diffusa), Columbia Lewisia (Lewisia columbiana) in rocky areas, just to name a few.

If you'd like to receive the wildflower reports in email, see You can receive immediate notifications or the weekly digest just by signing up. The photos are gorgeous!

NW Native Plant Journal July 2014

You may notice that this issue of the 'Journal' is a bit larger than usual. I figured maybe a longer read will make up for the infrequency of e-mags published this year. Perhaps a quarterly posting will be easier to fit into the busy schedules everyone seems to carry? What do you think? I'd like your thoughts on this.

As for the new July 2014 issue, it's waiting for you, just a click away: 

Homemade bug spray: Make your own brand of insecticidal soap

For want of water: Thousands have lived ... not one without water--W.H. Auden

A water-wise garden: Start with a plan

Fine old tree: From grandmotherís garden

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Notice: Photos on this website, unless otherwise indicated, were taken by me, Jennifer Rehm, or by the former nursery's staff photographer, JoAnn Onstott.


(How I met the garden's master)

Once upon an autumn weekend (I think it was around 1995), a fellow gardener and I planned to visit a nursery close to Salem, Oregon. I'd found a small ad in the local newspaper's classifieds offering native plants for sale. The idea of including natives in our gardens was novel and intriguing. I was sparsely acquainted with this genre,

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